John was born in Bonneterre Missouri in 1954. His first drum set was his moms pots and pans, which didn't last very long! (The pots and pans that is). That at least gave his dad something to buy his mom for Christmas every year.
John got his first drum set when he was 10 and has never wanted to do anything else. His musical background covers everything from Gospel music to Rock and Roll music to Country music.
John's father Bill White was a preacher in a Pentecostal church , so the whole family grew up singing and playing at church. There were four brothers and three sisters. Ivan, Barbara, John, Connie, Rick, Debbie and Lee. Everyone in the family sang and most of them played different instruments. Ivan played guitar. John played drums. Rick played bass guitar. Debbie played piano and also drums when John joined the army. Lee played steel guitar. Barbara and Connie sang. They truly had a family band.
John's dad and mom loved country music and started there own band called "The Bill and Shirley White Show" and all the kids played in the band. They toured Nebraska,Illinois,and Missouri playing clubs and fairs and at one point even opened up for Ernest Tubb. Ernest offered John a chance to be his drummer, but John's dad wouldn't let him go. Darn the luck!
In 1972, John was 17 and he decided to join the army and was later transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. John's brothers moved to Oklahoma in 1974 and they began to work together again in a group call Hard Times. When John's hitch with the army was up in 77 the brothers decided to start their own band called "The White Brothers Band ". When the economy went bad in 1978 they decided to move to Dallas, Texas.
The White Brothers Band play the Dallas/Ft Worth club circuit for many years. They were one of the top bands in the area. They even won the prestigious Marlboro Country Music Roundup in 1982 which gave them the opportunity to open up for Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs and The Judds.
The band finally came to an end in 1997 and John's brothers, Rick and Lee, moved back to Missouri. John stayed in the Dallas area continuing to hone his craft as a drummer and singer. He has played with several different bands but in November of 2010 joined Rob and the guys. We are very glad to have John as our newest Lost Cowboy.